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The Ultimate Household Stain Removal Guide

Laundry stains are an inevitable part of life because let’s face it…..life is messy!

Ultimate Household Stain Removal GuideFrom your morning cup of joe to the salad you had for lunch, opportunities for stains are everywhere. Stains, if not treated right away, can often ruin your favorite piece of clothing. Follow these simple tips to fight stains with common household items.

1.  Treat stain immediately. The sooner you can treat the stain the more likely it will come out.
2.  Blot liquids/scrape solids. Blot or remove excess material immediately to prevent further spreading.
3.  Avoid rubbing delicate fabrics. Blot gently.
4.  Check colorfastness. Test stain treatment on an inconspicuous spot to ensure it won’t remove the color.
5.  Do not dry stain. Check the stain before placing in the dryer. If still present, treat the stain again and wash. Drying will make the stain permanent.
6.  Patience is key. Some stains require multiple treatments to remove.


Stain

Household Remover

Directions

Blood

Hydrogen peroxide

Treat with hydrogen peroxide; rinse cold water

Chocolate

Dish soap

Treat with dish soap; rinse cold water.

Coffee

Baking soda

Create paste with baking soda and water; blot stain. Rinse cold water.

Grass

Vinegar

Treat with vinegar; soak.

Gum

Ice cube

Dab with ice cube. Scrape excess.

Ink

Hairspray

Spritz with hairspray; rinse cold water.

Ketchup

Vinegar

Treat with vinegar; soak warm water.

Lipstick

Dish soap

Treat with dish soap and small amount of water.

Makeup

Shaving cream

Treat with shaving cream; rinse cold water

Mustard

Vinegar

Soak with vinegar; rinse cold water.

Oil

White chalk

Rub with chalk

Perfume

Baking soda

Create paste with baking soda and water; blot stain. Rinse cold water.

Sweat

Lemon juice

Soak stain with lemon juice and water.

Tea

Vinegar

Soak with vinegar; rinse cold water.

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